Common Brown Ringlet

Scientific Name
Hypocysta metirius
BUTLER, 1875
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Family
Hypocysta metirius Mount Ku-ring-gai, NSW, Australia – Barbara Kedzierski
Hypocysta metirius Mount Ku-ring-gai, NSW, Australia – Barbara Kedzierski

Introduction

The genus Hypocysta comprises of 12 species, found variously in Australia and New Guinea. Most Hypocysta species have elongated wings, and are dark brown on the upperside, with large orange or white patches. The hindwings usually have prominent ocelli.

Hypocysta metirius is a common species found in south Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

Habitats

This species inhabits grassy places at elevations between about 100-1500m.

Lifecycle

The eggs are smooth, globular and pale green in colour. They are laid singly in on various grasses and sedges including Gahnia, Cynodon, Eriachne and Alexfloydia ( Poaceae ). The larvae exist in two morphs: either pale green or light rusty brown. Both forms have numerous faint thin dorsal and lateral stripes. The pupa is pale brown, lightly mottled with darker brown. It is angular in shape and is perfectly disguised as a small curled dead leaf hanging from a stem.

Adult behaviour

To be completed.

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Hypocysta metirius
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BUTLER, 1875
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SATYRINAE
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